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Nature Photography Challenge

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 1 - Rain drops on a spider's web.  This was taken last month, on 2 January, and was also used as part of our Project 366 photography challenge which sees us taking one new picture every day for the whole year.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 1 – Rain drops on a spider’s web.
This was taken last month, on 2 January, and was also used as part of our Project 366 photography challenge which sees us taking one new picture every day for the whole year.

SEVEN PICTURES IN SEVEN DAYS | Darrin Henry

Photographers on Facebook have recently been nominating each other for, #ChallengeOnNaturePhotography, a seven day nature photography challenge. After a little hesitation – nature photography is not my strongpoint (no patience) – I decided to give it a go. Clicking through the hard drives it turned out I had over the years managed to capture some not-too-bad nature pictures. These are quite tame alongside National Geographic standard, but even so, some tiddlers I’m quite proud of.

The idea was/is to post one nature picture every day while at the same time nominating another person. Here are the seven pictures I used to complete my challenge.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 2 - Red-billed tropic bird. These are know locally on St Helena as 'trophy birds.' I got lucky with this shot when Sharon and I happened to be walking near a nest and suddenly found ourselves in the right place at the right time.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 2 – Red-billed tropic bird.
These are know locally on St Helena as ‘trophy birds.’ I got lucky with this shot when Sharon and I happened to be walking near a nest and suddenly found ourselves in the right place at the right time.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 3 - Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia). This is an older shot, taken 10 years ago in 2006 - Red Hot Poker flowers at Spring Knoll on St Helena. The official name for the flower is, Kniphofia, but it is more well known as a Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily. The bee flew into the shot without warning but it turned out to be great timing as you can see.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 3 – Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia).
This is an older shot, taken 10 years ago in 2006 – Red Hot Poker flowers at Spring Knoll on St Helena. The official name for the flower is, Kniphofia, but it is more well known as a Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily. The bee flew into the shot without warning but it turned out to be great timing as you can see.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 4 - Atlantic Sea Nettle. As the theme was nature photography, not wildlife, I took a little liberty choosing this one! Taken during our visit to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, USA, this picture of an Atlantic Sea Nettle is one of my favourites from that superb day. These little creatures are so futuristic in their look and mesmerising to watch the way they move.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 4 – Atlantic Sea Nettle.
As the theme was nature photography, not wildlife, I took a little liberty choosing this one! Taken during our visit to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, USA, this picture of an Atlantic Sea Nettle is one of my favourites from that superb day. These little creatures are so futuristic in their look and mesmerising to watch the way they move.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 5 - Eastern Box Turtle. We almost stepped on this little Eastern Box Turtle while hiking the Cheaha Creek in the Talladega Forest, Alabama last year. They are small compared to the turtles we are used to; the most these might grow up to is 8 inches long. They also live on land, not in the water.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 5 – Eastern Box Turtle.
We almost stepped on this little Eastern Box Turtle while hiking the Cheaha Creek in the Talladega Forest, Alabama last year. They are small compared to the turtles we are used to; the most these might grow up to is 8 inches long. They also live on land, not in the water.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 6 - Rhea bird. The Rhea are flightless birds and native to South America although I photographed this one in England last year on a farm. The bird looks a bit like an ostrich.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 6 – Rhea bird.
The Rhea are flightless birds and native to South America although I photographed this one in England last year on a farm. The bird looks a bit like an ostrich.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 7 - The St Helena Wirebird.  Even with all the conservation efforts by the St Helena National Trust it is still a huge challenge for the St Helena Wirebird when it comes to raising new chicks. Predators are ever present. This one was photographed a year ago at Horse Point. It is standing over an egg and a newly hatched chick. Sadly the chick didn't survive.

‪ChallengeOnNaturePhotography Day 7 – The St Helena Wirebird.
Even with all the conservation efforts by the St Helena National Trust it is still a huge challenge for the St Helena Wirebird when it comes to raising new chicks. Predators are ever present. This one was photographed a year ago at Horse Point. It is standing over an egg and a newly hatched chick. Sadly the chick didn’t survive.

Not to confuse the issue, but on 1 January 2016, What The Saints Did Next began a Photography Project 366; taking one photograph a day for a whole year (2016). An archive picture cannot be used; each day must have its own unique photo taken. We are currently (at the time of this post) up to Day 53 in this Project 366.

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